X-Men: First Class story revealed
It would seem that there's confirmation of the story that will feature in the sequel to X-Men: First Class and it brings in an interesting if concerning theme, the idea of alternate timelines, something we've seen brought into Star Trek to enable them to reboot the franchise and ignore, or work around, what has been done before.
The situation is similar in X-Men: First Class, but at least there's another reason for the story being used for the sequel, it comes from a huge story in the X-Men universe through the comic books.
The use of the story from the X-Men comics called Days of Future Past allows the X-Men franchise to create an alternate timeline in the future, or rather allows a team of evil mutants to create the future alternate timeline and one that despite the best efforts of the other mutants, is never resolved.
What this means is that depending on what the timescales are for the future timeline, it could offer an alternative to the X-Men films we've seen already with X-Men, X-Men: 2 and X-Men: The Last Stand (Filmstalker review), i.e. they could just ignore what has happened there and do anything with the characters. Characters we thought were dead could come back, characters who are no longer mutants would still be, and so on.
Just think what is open to the writers in the Star Trek franchise now having created their alternate universe, anything could happen now and it's the same for X-Men with this storyline.
Let me give you the blurb for the comic book plot from Wikipedia:
The storyline alternates between present day, in which the X-Men fight Mystique's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and a future timeline caused by the X-Men's failure to prevent the Brotherhood from assassinating Senator Robert Kelly. In this future universe, Sentinels rule the United States, and mutants live in internment camps. The present-day X-Men are forewarned of the possible future by a future version of their teammate Kitty Pryde, whose mind traveled back in time and possessed her younger self to warn the X-Men. She succeeds in her mission and returns to the future, but despite her success, the future timeline still exists as an alternative timeline rather than as the actual future.
"It deals with aspects of that comic, but also some very new things."
What will be in and out is unsure, and so the plot of the comics could come along to the film as is, it might not. There is still the possibility that the idea of an alternate universe might not happen. Singer himself goes on to say what possibilities it would offer and he does suggest that it could bring the films together rather than push them apart.
"I think there's a strong desire to broaden out the universe. I mean the 'X-Men' universe is every bit on its own as big as the Marvel universe. I think it s time to reach out and explore and perhaps even bring some connectivity between the films as Marvel has done so well. So you may see some of that. I don't know."
Yes, we don't know yet but it does offer Simon Kinberg a great deal to work with, and I'm sure he won't be the last writer on the script either. I'm pretty convinced what he's saying here is that they could connect the old and the new films together, not that they could start connecting with other superhero characters, after all there is more than enough to deal with in the X-Men universe and with an alternate timeline they could do anything they wanted.